Languages › German How to Conjugate the German Verb Nehmen (to Take) Share Flipboard Email Print Jamie Grill / Getty Images German Grammar History & Culture Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary By Hyde Flippo German Expert Hyde Flippo taught the German language for 28 years at high school and college levels and published several books on the German language and culture. our editorial process Hyde Flippo Updated February 26, 2020 The German verb nehmen means "to take". Here we will conjugate it in all its tenses and moods. While using the wrong conjugation probably wouldn't stop you from being understood, using the correct tense will make you sound more intelligent. Learning to use the proper conjugation will show that you have a better grasp on the language. It will also make you easier to understand. Stem-Changing Verbs German, like many other languages, has what is known as stem-changing verbs. This means that the stem or ending of the word is what changes based on who the action is referring to. These endings will remain consistent throughout the language for regular stem-changing verbs. Unlike in English, where "I take" and "we take" uses the same form of the verb, in German the stems of the verb would change. This can make learning the language easier because you only need to remember the roots of most verbs. Unfortunately, nehmen is also an irregular verb. This means there are times when it does not follow the normal rules of stem-changing verbs. Present Tense • Präsens Principal Parts: nehmen (nimmt) nahm genommenImperative (Commands): (du) Nimm! (ihr) Nehmt! Nehmen Sie! NehmenPresent Tense - Präsens Stem-Changing Verbs: The verb NEHMEN is both a stem-changing verb and an irregular (strong) verb. Notice the change from e to i in the du and er/sie/es present tense forms. The past participle is genommen. DEUTSCH ENGLISH ich nehme I take/am taking du nimmst you take/are taking er nimmtsie nimmtes nimmt he takes/is taking she takes/is taking it takes/is taking wir nehmen we take/are taking ihr nehmt you (guys) take/are taking sie nehmen they take/are taking Sie nehmen you take/are taking Examples: Wir nehmen den Zug. - We're taking the train. Er nimmt das Buch. - He's taking the book. Nehmen: Conjugated in All Tenses Past Tenses • Vergangenheit The German verb nehmen (to take) conjugated in all its tenses and moods NehmenSimple Past Tense - Imperfekt DEUTSCH ENGLISH ich nahm I took du nahmst you took er nahmsie nahmes nahm he took she took it took wir nahmen we took ihr nahmt you (guys) took sie nahmen they took Sie nahmen you took NehmenCompound Past Tense (Pres. Perfect) - Perfekt DEUTSCH ENGLISH ich habe genommen I took/have taken du hast genommen you took/have taken er hat genommensie hat genommenes hat genommen he took/has taken she took/has taken it took/has taken wir haben genommen we took/have taken ihr habt genommen you (guys) took have taken sie haben genommen they took/have taken Sie haben genommen you took/have taken Past Perfect Tense - Plusquamperfekt DEUTSCH ENGLISH ich hatte genommen I had taken du hattest genommen you had taken er hatte genommensie hatte genommenes hatte genommen he had taken she had taken it had taken wir hatten genommen we had taken ihr hattet genommen you (guys) had taken sie hatten genommen they had taken Sie hatten genommen you had taken Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Flippo, Hyde. "How to Conjugate the German Verb Nehmen (to Take)." ThoughtCo, Aug. 26, 2020, thoughtco.com/nehmen-to-take-in-all-tenses-4082213. Flippo, Hyde. (2020, August 26). How to Conjugate the German Verb Nehmen (to Take). Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/nehmen-to-take-in-all-tenses-4082213 Flippo, Hyde. "How to Conjugate the German Verb Nehmen (to Take)." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/nehmen-to-take-in-all-tenses-4082213 (accessed April 22, 2021). copy citation How to Conjugate the German Word Fahren Conjugating the German Verb Sehen, Meaning 'to See' German Verb Conjugations of Essen (To Eat) Learning German "Give and Take" - "Geben, Nehmen" How to Conjugate the Verb "Helfen" (to Help) How to Conjugate The German Word Finden German Verb Conjugation of Sprechen (To Speak) How to Conjugate "Geben" (to Give) in German How to Conjugate the German Verb "Laufen" (to Run, Walk) Present Tense Verb Conjugations of German Regular Verbs How to Conjugate the German Verb "Haben" How to Conjugate "Stehen" (to Stand) in German Bleiben (To Stay) German Verb Conjugations German Verb Conjugations: Tun (To Do) Conjugating Liegen (to Lie, Recline, Rest) in All Tenses How to Conjugate the German Verb 'Sein'